Mums Miso Ramen
Ingredients for two people
To make Japanese style Chashu (braised pork in a soy sauce)
200g shoulder pork or lean pork
100ml soy sauce
1Tbsp cooking wine
2 slices ginger
1 green spring onion
I star anise
Pinch of five spice powder
1 tsp sugar
I large cabbage leaf
30g corn kernels (fresh or tin)
1 spring onion
30g bean sprouts (optional)
2 Tbsp sesame seed (toasted)
For miso soup
1 Litre chicken stock - homemade or store bought chicken broth
3 Tbsp white miso
2 Tbsp of the Chashu cooking sauce
1~2 Tsp chili oil (optional)
2 packed of dried noodles or fresh noodles
1. Roll the pork with cooking string (twine). Run quickly with hot water and place in a small pan. Add soy sauce, cooking wine, water, ginger, green onion, star anise, five spice. Boil and turn the heat to low. Cover with aluminium foil or a lid and cook for 60 mins. Rotate the Chashu a few times during cooking. Add sugar after 45 minutes. After 60 mins, remove from heat, cool down and cut in thin slices. Keep the cooking sauce for the soup
2. During the time of cooking the Chashu, boil the water in a small saucepan, add eggs, then turn down the heat and cook for 7 minutes. Take out and put into the cold water and peel the eggs
3. Cut cabbage roughly, place in a pan, add water, little salt. Bring to the boil ,turn down the heat and cook for 15 minutes.
4. If using the fresh corn, cook for 5~ 7 minutes in boiled water. Cool down.
5. Cut spring onion finely
6. Heat sesame seed in a small frying pan on low heat, toss the sesame seeds in the pan till they change colour.
7. Heat the chicken stock in the big saucepan, turn down the heat and add miso gently. Season to taste. If using ready-made stock from the supermarket, check the salt levels and dilute with water if required.
8. In a separate pot, bring to boil water and cook your favourite noodles as per instructions on the packet.
9. To assemble- prepare the bowl, add 2 Tbsp chashu cooking sauce and 1 ~2 tsp chili sauce ( or to your liking). Pour miso soup, then place noodles. Top with egg, cabbage, chashu, corn, green onion and bean sprouts.
I braised pork in a soy-sauce based seasoning to make just a small amount today.
There are so many varieties of miso and organic ones are good.
You can buy Chinese Chashu (Char Siu) from your local grocery or deli and add your favourite toppings to enjoy.